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10 September 2008 @ 09:12 am
Tao of the Day  
Excellent advice for writing, but I think it's just as beautiful if you replace writing with living (s/writ/liv/g;). - burgunder


Stop.

There is always the danger of automatic writing. The danger of writing yourself towards an ending that need never be told. At a certain point the story gathers momentum. It convinces itself, and does its best to convince you, that the end in sight is the only possible outcome. There is a fatefulness and a loss of control that are somehow comforting. This was your script, but now it writes itself.

Stop.

Break the narrative. Refuse all the stories that have been told so far (because that is what the momentum really is), and try to tell the story differently - in a different style, with different weights - and allow some air to those elements choked with centuries of use, and give some substance to the floating world.

- The PowerBook, Jeanette Winterson


Stop.

There is always the danger of automatic living. The danger of living yourself towards an ending that need never be told. At a certain point the story gathers momentum. It convinces itself, and does its best to convince you, that the end in sight is the only possible outcome. There is a fatefulness and a loss of control that are somehow comforting. This was your script, but now it writes itself.

Stop.

Break the narrative. Refuse all the stories that have been told so far (because that is what the momentum really is), and try to live the story differently.
 
 
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tenshiemi on September 10th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I love this, thanks for sharing like always!!
Sarah: Owl2sarmonster on September 10th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Chilling. THanks.